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Rose Cora Perry on Resilience and Confidence as a Female Artist

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“It’s really a scary thing to start all over again, from the bottom up and re-define everything that was your reality.”

I just got off the phone with Rose Cora Perry. She is coming off two hours sleep and a “performer’s high” from singing the Canadian National Anthem to a full house at Budweiser Gardens in London for “Monster Jam,” the Monster Truck event featuring someone or something called “The Grave Digger…”

This classically trained rocker, whose childhood dream of being Sarah Brightman, talked to me about the November release of her sophomore album, Onto The Floor; what inspires her writing; challenges within the industry and feminism. She is also slated to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 5th, for Women’s Day, with her partner from The Truth Untold, Tyler Randall. Read on…

Music In the Barns brings Bolton’s “Song of Extinction” to Luminato

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Carol truly is a creative power house, and it is so apropos that her newest adventure will take place at The Hearn Generating Plant.

The entire story was cloaked in secrecy. There were no hard facts; no idea what the piece was actually about. Just a note asking if I’d be interested in writing a story. Slowly, it unfolded; Carol Gimbel, Girl At The Barns, an incredibly talented violist. A few days later, The Luminato Festival. A week later, arranging to meet. Clues dropped here and there, a tease for what was to come. The interview itself, almost a disaster. The busy Kensington Market coffee shop was packed; a cacophony of noises, impossible to single out any one voice. The recording device conked out (damn cell phone), so Carol was whisked away (to her consternation) to an unfamiliar backyard – the Photo Booth application running on the computer. We had a half hour to get this done. Read on…

Symphronica an Ever Evolving Series

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“I’m evolving as an artist. The best part of getting older is that we become more honest.”

Ron Davis, one of Toronto’s most vibrant jazz pianists, has been presenting his SymphRonica concerts at the Lula Lounge for nearly three years. His upcoming concert on May 31st, SymphRonica Meets the Dazzling Dancing Lombard Twins, is part of Lula’s 10th annual LulaWorld Festival, taking place this month, is one you don’t want to miss. Read on…

“I equal I” Breaks Musical Ground for Israeli-Iranian Dialogue

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Their chance meeting set in motion what would become the I = I collective’s mandate; that music can break down barriers that generations of propaganda and palpable threat of war had cemented.

The Concert Hall had lost power.  And while many producers might not have kept their cool, especially first timers, Dan Deutsch, founding member of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative, came out on stage and created an intimate and informal environment.  As if at a dinner party, the audience reacted accordingly.  Toronto’s Alliance Francaise hosted this very special evening, the inaugural concert of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative, on March 31st.  The Toronto Symphony’s Shalom Bard conducted.  Three new pieces written by the I = I Collective were the foundation of the concert.  Guest appearances by noted Persians, kamanche player Saeed Kamjoo and tar player Shahin Fayaz punctuated the Converging Paths concert.  Iranian Parisa Sabet, Israeli Dan Deutsch and Canadian Noam Lemish created I = I in 2013.  But the seed germinated in a synchronistic meeting at a University of Toronto social for new students, in the doctorate program for musical composition, a year earlier. Read on…

WMCT Career Development Award Concert

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The WMCT’s Career Development Award prizes of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 – among the highest awards for classical music in Canada.

On Sunday April 26, I had the pleasure of attending the tenth presentation of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto (WMCT)’s Career Development Award (CDA). Established 25 years ago and presented every 3 years, the CDA aims to assist “exceptional young Canadian musicians who are already engaged in a professional performing career.” This year’s finalists were chosen from 10 nominees by CBC producers over the past year. The live competition held in Water Hall featured the top three finalists, Pianist-Author Pierre-André Doucet, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, and cellist Stéphane Tétreault for prizes of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 – among the highest awards for classical music in Canada. Our gracious host for the afternoon was Julie Nesrallah of CBC Radio 2, who was absolutely delightful. Read on…

Meet Dana Michel, resident artist at Dancemakers

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“…there is this contract written somewhere, whereby people will come and (witness) whatever it is you are after.”

Dana Michel is curled up in the corner of an old couch, one knee up, protective, like armour. She is a dancer and choreographer and the first year Resident Artist at Dancemakers Centre For Creation. Dana has already given one interview and I think would prefer to chill out before rehearsing for her revamp of 1976. We are in the rehearsal space at The Distillery District. The period building’s high ceilings and bright light from the massive windows are perfect to magnify the energy of this intense woman. We had a chance to chat about how she journeyed from the practical world of accounting and her job as a medical secretary. But the turning point in which she began dancing, choreographing and performing professionally, in what would be considered late in a dancer’s career, was seminal. Read on…

The creative family behind “Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?”

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This is the beauty of independent theatre. It is vibrant and alive and on the edge.

Red One Theatre Collective cordially invites you to George and Martha’s home for an intimate evening of soul wrenching mayhem. Cocktails will have been served throughout the day, including perhaps some rubbing alcohol. Follow them into the wee hours of the following morning as you witness the alcoholic fuelled demise of a damaged marriage. Disappointment and disillusionment will be served as appetizers. Edward Albee’s iconic play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf breaks down the doors of the Storefront Theatre, whose curtains rise at 7 pm. Get ready for a wild ride, baby! Read on…

A Return to the Classics at Music In The Barns

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All the audience needs to do is let the music settle and move them.

Saturday, November 29th, at 8 pm, marks the newest concert for Music In The Barns. Stepping away from the New Canadian Music featured in last season’s series, Artistic Director Carol Gimbel has chosen a deeply traditional programme. Elegantly featuring the talents of pianist Cullan Bryant and violinist Moshe Hammer, New York City artist Lana Jean Israel adds to the multi-disciplinary event with her modernistic projection designs at the post performance reception. Read on…

Award-Winning Dover Quartet makes Toronto debut

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“There was also something you can’t put your finger on that’s intuitive about the way that we responded to one another’s playing. I don’t even know how to put it into words. It’s chemistry, like in any relationship.” ~ Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt

In 2013, the Dover Quartet’s sensational performance earned them the top and special prizes at the String Quartet Competition in Banff. They have been in high demand ever since on the performance circuit.

As part of their breakneck touring pace throughout the US and Canada, they will be performing in Toronto this Thursday afternoon in the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto’s 117th series, and at Jeffery Concerts on Friday at 8 pm in London, Ontario. Read on…

Revisit the Classics and Discover the New with Adam Sherkin

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“These composers whose music we hear so much, they were living, breathing people, who had a very practical side to their lives, their performing career.” ~ Adam Sherkin

  Adam Sherkin’s free noon-hour series at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts:
(Nov 6, 2014, 12:00pm) Rachmaninoff: Preludes of the North


Thursday, November 6th marks the second in pianist Adam Sherkin’s series of six noon hour concerts, held in the lobby of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

Each of the monthly concerts introduces a notable classical composer-pianist. Each is also being performed by an excellent composer-pianist – Adam composes contemporary classical music and will be including his own works in each concert. Read on…

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